Without even reading this I will say the same thing. In elections there are always winners and losers. But in this election the potential for Republicans (Russians) to take over the seat of government would be one of the worst things that could happen in our lifetimes, and our children’s lifetimes. As it stands it will take at least 10 years to weed out all the MAGA influences inside of the political and justice system if we keep democrats in power.
And that is with a democratic administration which will hold all those responsible for all the criming going on the last 6 years or so by Republicans. Not only that, but the systemic rot in the system itself that is pretty much Russian made. If Republicans get back in positions of power in the midterms, and then fully take over in 2024, you can bet it will take at least 50 years before that rot of corruption is weeded out of the system if it ever gets weeded out at all. For once things change like that, its almost impossible for it to go back to the way it was.
Most of us will be dead by that time, unable to see the end of the hysteria and sickness of MAGA, Trump and his acolytes and sycophants. I know I’ll never see those fresh new days, and many others will never live to see the day when this rot has been extinguished. Therefore, it is the most important series of elections ever. If we as a country are to right the wrongs of Trump and his supporters, we need to vote Blue until the sun doesn’t shine. It is imperative that democrats win the day against this onslaught of sick twisted maggots know as Trump MAGA.
We have to vote like our lives depended on it because it does depend on it, else America will become a satellite of Russia and will be one hell of a bleak place to live or work. It will be filled with criminals and corruption the likes you have never seen before.
“There’s a certain tipping point at which democratic institutions just collapse and crumble.”
The midterm elections could very well decide the future of American democracy, but it often doesn’t feel like voters understand how large of a threat we’re really facing.
Polls show voters cite inflation as their top concern going into the midterms, followed by threats to democracy. However, when you look at why people are worried about democracy, only a fraction of them cite Republican candidates’ intentions to subvert future elections as the reason.
Kari Lake refuses to commit to accepting the result of the Arizona gubernatorial election pic.twitter.com/2BUyJtFKVC
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 16, 2022
It’s understandable why people are so worried about things like inflation. When you’re low on money and the cost of everyday necessities is high, it’s hard to think about anything else. Considering Republicans don’t have a plan to tackle inflation, voting for them doesn’t seem like the logical answer to one’s financial woes, but people tend to reject the party in power when they’re struggling.
With under two weeks left until elections that, whether voters are aware of it or not, will serve as a referendum of sorts on free and fair elections, I thought it’d be good to get some perspective on the bigger picture. I spoke with Kevin Kruse, a professor of history at Princeton University, about the stakes of this cycle.
“It’s not just that this is the most important election of people’s lives, it might be the last fully free election in their lives unless they get out and vote,” he said.
A transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for clarity, follows.
It’s kind of a cliché at this point to say that a coming election is the most important election of your life, but do you think that’s really the case with the midterms?
It is a cliché, but this really is the most important election of your life. The midterms are going to be vitally important. If Democrats can maintain the Senate, there’s some hope for continued work on judges. That doesn’t just impact what’s going on now but for several decades — not only the Supreme Court but federal courts too. The House is equally important. Republicans have already announced incredibly stark rollbacks of things like Social Security and Medicare.
"I ain't gonna do it" — Biden on Republicans threatening a debt default unless he cuts Social Security and Medicare pic.twitter.com/53HAkHjJ8P
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 24, 2022
We could possibly default on the debt ceiling.
And then there are the democracy issues …
Yeah, the important part that people are overlooking here is races in the states — for governors, for legislators, but most importantly for secretaries of state. There are a number of candidates out there — for all of those positions — but especially for secretary of state who have said basically that the next time there’s a situation like what we had in 2020, they will do everything in their power to throw the election to Republicans.
We dodged a serious crisis in 2020 because there were a number of Republicans, in places like Arizona and Georgia, who refused to go along with calls to throw out the election results and install Donald Trump. We’ve got a new group of Republican nominees who are promising to do exactly that. That really is a cause for alarm. It’s not just that this is the most important election of people’s lives, it might be the last fully free election in their lives unless they get out and vote.
I personally can’t think of any other time in American history when democracy was under threat at this level, at this scale, except for the Civil War era. Would you agree?
That would be the big one, and think about what that wrought and how chaotic it was. You can look at maybe the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction governments in the South. We’ve just never seen it on a national scale. In those cases, you still have the counterweight of the rest of the country, the federal government in fits and starts providing some kinds of checks on that.
If this happens on a national scale, that’s the ball game. There’s no going back. I think that’s something people don’t understand. There’s a certain tipping point at which democratic institutions just collapse and crumble. Americans, in general, have bought into this kind of mythology all nations tell themselves about how great, noble, and stable their institutions are. I think Americans are particularly prone to that because of American exceptionalism.
There’s a lot of confidence that things are just going to hold and the system will work, but that really isn’t borne out by what we’ve seen with other countries that have experienced this in the past.
It seems, based on the polls, that a lot of people aren’t seeing how serious this is. Have there been any other times, maybe not at this scale, where there have been threats to democracy and politicians have been able to get people to hear this kind of message?
We often think of the New Deal era as one focused on economic liberalism, but Roosevelt made some strong appeals to democracy and really encouraged people to think of democracy and democratic systems as something they had to have an active and engaged role in. I think one of the silver linings of the past few years is how many Americans have realized that democracy is not a spectator’s sport. They have to get off the sidelines and get in.
I worry without Trump being in office that they feel that moment has passed, but I actually think we’re facing a more serious crisis right now than we were in the Trump years — in terms of what’s at stake and what could actually be lost.
Biden’s clearly facing a historic moment here as the person who’s president while this is going on. How do you think he’s handling it compared to past presidents who have faced major crises?
I think he’s done some of the things he should be doing. I think he could be sounding the alarm a little harder. One speech here and there is not going to do it. It’s got to be a constant drive. I think he needs to be doing a lot not just to mobilize the base but to alert Americans of the stakes of the midterm elections — really make sure they’re tuned in.
I understand very well being worried about your finances, which people seem to place above concerns about democracy in the polls, but I struggle to see how people could see what we’re facing and not be as freaked out as I am.
There’s an assumption on the part of people in the middle class and the upper class that it won’t affect them. That’s a very dangerous view to hold, because it will eventually affect you. That’s what the elites and middle class in Weimar Germany once thought. We see how wrong they were. Not that we’re comparable to that exactly, but I think there’s a real tendency of people to think these big changes won’t affect them and then it’s too late and they have.